Nature Photography Tour
New Territories, Hong Kong
This specialised Nature photography tour will be led by John Holmes or David Diskin. Both of these guides combine their love of nature with an interest in photography. Many of John’s images of birds have appeared in the monumental Handbook of the Birds of the World and David took the photographs that illustrate his Hong Kong Nature Walks: The New Territories and Hong Kong Nature Walks: Kowloon, Hong Kong and Outlying Islands.
Our private nature photography tours are tailor-made to the clients’ particular requirements. General nature photography tours may take in Tai Po Kau and Long Valley.
Tai Po Kau is the most mature and varied forest in the HKSAR. This 460-hectare site was declared a nature reserve in 1977 and is rich in flora and fauna. It contains over 100 different species of trees. In addition over 160 species of birds, 102 species of butterflies and 50 species of dragonflies have been recorded.
Long Valley is situated close to the Chinese border. In contrast to the forest, this is an area of open countryside, consisting of wet and dry agriculture, marshland and ponds. The area attracts a wide variety of birds in winter and is good for dragonflies during the summer months. The agricultural landscape itself presents a variety of photographic opportunities.
If your interest is in bird photography, the tour may focus on the world-famous Mai Po Nature Reserve. When the tide is suitable, the hides on the reserve provide excellent opportunities for photographing water birds. Long Valley is also an excellent site for the bird photographer.
We can also organise tours for those whose primary interest is butterfly photography. Sites visited might include Fung Yuen Butterfly Reserve, Tai Po Kau and Three Fathoms Cove – all excellent sites favoured by lepidopterists.
All our tours are personalised and we cater to all levels of expertise. The focus of our nature photography will depend upon the interests of the participants, the equipment they have available and also the season of the year.
Photographic equipment needed:
Camera/lens(es), some form of carrying case that is also weatherproof.
Battery – charged/spare – very important
Memory cards – available space – very important
Tripod (if you have one)
Cost: Full day: HKD2,400 for one or two people, HKD3,000 for three people, HKD3,600 for four people. Half day: HKD1,200 for one or two people, HKD1,500 for three people, HKD1,800 for four people.
Time: Full day or half day
Tour starts: Timing depends on time of year and itinerary. We will email you with details for your particular tour.
Meeting point: An MTR Station on the East Rail Line depending on the itinerary.
Walking distance: 3-6km
Walk grade: Easy
Terrain: Nature path, mainly level
Facilities: Toilets along the route
Note: If a visit into Mai Po Reserve is included in any of the above outings, clients need to pay for a permit at the reserve on the day. This is currently HKD180 per person (November-April), HKD150 per person (May-October). Our maximum group size is four. Groups over four have to be responsible for their own transport arrangements.
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